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DuArt Expands, Moxie Signs Phillip Van, Footloose Gets a Halloween Revamp and More

New York's DuArt expanded production space in its midtown Manhattan location, adding 21 edit bays and two new green-screen insert stages for production clients. Earlier this year, the company expanded from four audio suites to a total of seven, with an emphasis on audio books and narration for TV. DuArt's tenants in the new faciities have included MTV2, Park Slope Productions, and The Documentary Group. Post-production projects have included Sundance award-winning documentary The Square, the acclaimed Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Coneflower Productions' An Original DUCKumentary for PBS Nature (previously at StudioDaily). [DuArt]

New York's Moxie Pictures signed Brooklyn-based writer-director Phillip Van [reel] for global representation in commercials. Van has been responsible for web series including a promotion for the Xbox game Alan Wake that won 2011 One Show Silver Pencil and D&AD Yellow Pencil awards. His current Deja View campaign for Infiniti (via TBWA\Chiat\Day) adapts to different viewers through voice recognition. "Phillip is a true storyteller," said Moxie CEO Robert Fernandez in a prepared statement. "The obvious passion that he brings to his work—be the project branded content or traditional advertising—is what impresses us most." [Moxie Pictures]

Hollywood's NuContext Creative, which specializes in ad and promo campaigns for TV networks and programming, named Laura Feldman director of creative services, in charge of supervising and project-managing the firm's on-air and digital marketing teams. Feldman returns from New York, where she was a producer at DDB Worldwide and a project manager Droga5. NuContext's clients include Sony, NBC/Universal, AMC Networks, Universal HD, Chiller, and SOAPNet. [NuContext Creative]


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Northern Lights Assistant Editor Jon Simpson won top prize in the 2013 AICE NY Camp Kuleshov contest for cutting a faux trailer turning Footloose into a horror film. Additionally, Assistant Sound Engineer Brady Hearn of sister company SuperExploder won the first Camp Kuleshov Sound Design Award for creating a new sound design for the famous chariot race scene from Ben-Hur. [Northern Lights]

Hollywood's MRB Productions named Astrid Downs executive producer. Downs was formerly EP and head of sales for Bully Pictures in Santa Monica. MRB founder Matthew Brady said Downs was hired partly because she has experience as both an executive producer and a rep. "She knows both sides of the business and has the unique skill set to find boards that are a perfect match for our directors," Brady said in a prepared statement. [MRB Productions]

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